NOMINATED FOR BEST HORROR BOOK IN THE 2016 METAMORPH PUBLISHING INDIE AWARDS.
In this collection, Michael J.Elliott explores fear and dread in many petrifying forms. You'll find such delights as,
In MOTHER CALLED TODAY a woman becomes increasingly fearful of her demanding mother's incessant phone calls. She has a horrible secret about her mother, something she is too scared to share with anyone.
In THE LITTLE MAN ON TOP OF THE WARDROBE Four year old James has always been very good about going to bed but recently he's been too scared to go to sleep. There is a little man living on top of his wardrobe and it wants his soul.Of course that's just his overactive childhood imagination....Isn't it?
In A GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT we visit a future that isn't too hard to imagine. It's a world where the overweight are social pariahs, where a government controls their eating and shopping and failure to loose weight after three attempts results in the obese being sent to a detention camp. Lynda Whittaker has just been sent to one such camp and she's about to learn a horrifying government secret which shows they till have one final use for the overweight.
Portraits Of Dread contains these chillers and more.
Welcome to the Dark Realm. A delicious realm of darkness where the residents trade in the mundane for choice cuts of fear and dread.
Included in this collection are such juicy titles as:
Deep within the bowels of an ancient convent, Sister Elizabeta is praying for forgiveness while the Council of Elders plan a horrifying punishment for her.
A BITE FROM THE DARK REALM,
A strange race of carniverous creatures takes up residence in a suburban London supermarket.
SPEAK NO EVIL,
A deaf woman takes her revenge on a philandering boyfriend.
These and other tales await you in the Dark Realm.
"David's eyes widened at the sight of the head. The skin was mottled with greenish grey patches of decay,
The white wispy hair was matted with dried blood.
When teenager David decided he must own the Sharpshooter game at any price he could not have known that his violent actions would transport him to a nightmarish realm of hell. He doesn't know that Sharpshooter is far more than just a simple video game and Ukami the pleasant shopkeeper is not quite what he appears to be. Join David as he fights for survival in demonic hell zone where he will come face to face with the victims of his past violent behaviour. Should David lose, it's game over...forever.
Imagine a world where slugs and snails are considered gourmet food, where anything living that moves could prevent you from starvation. In a post apocalyptic world, Gareth and Margaret try to maintain a semblence of normalacy by dining at one of the few remaining restaurants. The choice of food is limited and appears they may have to settle for rodent...until something much larger and more succulent suddenly becomes available. Dinner For Two will terrifying short story of a world where people will do anything to eat...and eat anything.More info →
Peter Gord is a simple man with simple tastes. He loves cooking and baking, window shopping for bakeware and kitchen appliances and checking out the latest cookbooks.
Unemployed Peter enjoys these things in between doing the housework.
And Peter's greatest pleasure is fantasizing about murdering his wife Delores.
Brash, overbearing Delores, takes every opportunity to belittle Peter.
In his mind, Peter gets his revenge by slashing her throat or baking ground glass into her cookies.
When Peter finally gets a job with a local charity helping the poor and homeless, his fantasies become darker and more brutal.
Of course he wouldn't really act on them..Would he?
Jacob O'Halloran is a forty six year old bachelor. He's never had a relationship with a woman...or anything else for that matter. It's hard to get your motor running when your religious-zealot mother is still haranguing with guilt from beyond the grave. So he does the next best thing: lifts women's panties from clotheslines.
A nice, safe way to reieve tensions right? At least it was until he picks the wrong clothesline and nabs not only the silky goods but a whole lot of trouble from Audrey, their owner.
Audrey has some disturbing issues of her own.
Those black silk panties are about to land Jacob into a whole world of fear and pain.
Davey and Ox are two unemployed British youths. They aren't above stealing and other illegal activities to supplement their meagre benefits. When they learn that local gardener, Mary Menzies, will be opening her showcase garden to raise money for charity, they think they've found an easy burglary job. What they don't know is that Mary's garden contains a lot more than just pretty flowers. There are servants of Mother Nature all around and when they defend the garden the results for the youths will be beyond horrific.More info →
Final Harvest is a riveting dark tale of an old man's desperate wish to be re-united with his deceased family. In a pact with the ancient tree on his land, the old man is assured his reward will be his wish of reunion. But how many innocent victims must suffer for him to achieve his promise to the tree and would his reward be according to his wishes. The Final Harvest is a noir tale of love, death and being careful for what you wish for, because it may just come true.More info →